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Building a Library: BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata No. 17 Op. 31/2, “Tempest”

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Building a Library:
BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata No. 17 Op. 31/2, “Tempest” *

Reviewer - Hilary Finch

First choice:
Beethoven: The Complete Piano Sonatas and Concertos
(c/w complete piano sonatas and concertos)
Claudio Arrau (piano)*, Henryk Szeryng (violin), Janos Starker (cello), Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bernard Haitink, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Eliahu Inbal (conductor)
Philips 462 358-2 (14 CDs, Budget)
Also available as a single sonata, download only

CD Review BAL Catalogue Data


BEETHOVEN: Sonata No. 21 Op. 53 “Waldstein” (first movement) from disc Beethoven Complete Works for Solo Piano (6)
(c/w Sonatas Nos. 22-25)
Ronald Brautigam (fortepiano)
BIS SACD 1573 (Hybrid SACD)

TANEYEV: String Trio in E flat major Op. 31 (second movement) from disc Taneyev String Trios [transcribed by Kate Gould]
(c/w String Trio in B minor; String Trio in D major)
Leopold String Trio
Hyperion CDA67573 (CD)

BIZET: The Pearl Fishers (Duet “Then from the holy shrine” *) from disc The Pearl Fishers (Highlights – sung in English)
Barry Banks (Nadir)*, Simon Keenlyside (Zurga)*, Rebecca Evans (Leila), Alastair Miles (Nourabad), Geoffrey Mitchell Choir, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Brad Cohen (conductor)
CHANDOS CHAN3156 (CD, Mid Price)

09.30 am
Building a Library Recommendation

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 17 Op. 31/2, “Tempest” *

Reviewer – Hilary Finch

Next week Ivan Hewitt examines recordings of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor.

10.15 Gramophone Awards

Extracts from some of the winning discs from Thursday’s Gramophone Awards.

SIBELIUS: Kom nu hit, död! (Come away, death!), Op.60, No.1 from disc Kim Borg Sings Sibelius Songs
(c/w Drömmen, Op.13, No.5; Våren flyktar hastigt, Op.13, No.4; Till Frigga, Op.13, No.6; Fagellek, Op.17, No.3; Romeo, Op.61, No.4; Diamanten på Marssnön (Diamond in the snow), Op.36, No.6; Säv, säv, susa, Op.36, No.4; Svarta Rosor, Op.36, No.1; Hallila, uti storm och i regn (When that I was a little tiny boy), Op.60, No.2; Les trois soeurs aveugles, Op.46, No.5 ; Im Feld ein Mädchen singt, Op.50, No.3; Lastu lainehilla, Op.17, No.7; Om, kvällen, (Illalle) Op.17, No.6; Souda, souda, sinisorsa; Finlandia, Op.26, No.7; YRJÖ KILPINEN: Som ett blommande mandelträd, Op.33, No.3; Din mun är ljusare än min, Op.33, No.4; Om tiotusen år, Op.33, No.7; SIBELIUS: Lastu lainehilla, Op.17, No.7; Om, kvällen, (Illalle) Op.17, No.6)
Kim Borg (bass), Erik Werba (piano)
Deutsche Grammophon 477 6612 (CD, Mid Price)

SAINT-SAENS: Piano Concerto No. 3 Op. 29 (second and third movements) from disc Saint-Saens The complete works for piano and orchestra
(c/w Piano Concertos Nos. 1-2 and 4-5; Wedding Cake Op. 76; Rapsodie d’Auvergne Op. 73; Allegro appassionato OP. 70; Africa Op. 89)
Stephen Hough (piano), City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Sakari Oramo (conductor)
Hyperion CDA67331/2 (2 CDs)

BRAHMS: Sonata in E flat for major clarinet/viola and piano Op. 120 No. 2 (first movement)* from disc Brahms Viola
(c/w Sonata in F minor clarinet/viola and piano Op. 120 No. 1; Violin Sonata no 1 Op. 78 (arr. Viola Klengel/Rysanov); Trio in E flat major for horn/viola, violin and piano Op. 40; Trio in A minor for clarinet/viola, cello and piano Op. 114)
Maxim Rysanov (viola)*, Katya Apekisheva (piano), Boris Brovtsyn (violin), Jacob Katsnelson (piano)*, Kristine Blaumane (cello)
Onyx4033 (2 CDs)

LUDFORD: Missa Benedicta et Venerabilis (Agnus dei) from disc Missa Benedicta & antiennes votives
(c/w Antiophones: Ave cuius conceptio, domine Jesu Christe)
Choir of New College Oxford, Edward Higginbottom (conductor)
K617 K617206 (CD)

BEETHOVEN: Sonata No. 26 Op. 81ª “Les Adieux” (third movement) from disc Beethoven #4 Paul Lewis
(c/w Piano Sonatas Nos. 5-7, 15, 19, 20, 30-32)
Paul Lewis (piano)
Harmonia Mundi HMC901909.11 (3 CDs)

10.40 New Releases

Daniel Leech-Wilkinson on recent releases of Schubert Lieder.

11.30m Disc of the Week

BERLIOZ: Symphonie Fantastique Op. 14*
(c/w La mort de Cléopâtre)
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra*, Simon Rattle (conductor)*, Susan Graham (mezzo-soprano)
EMI 2162240 (CD)

3 hours, 15 minutes


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